A basic assumption underlying our biology curriculum is that all undergraduate biology majors, regardless of future plans for specialization, can profit by taking a required core of courses.
The first year in the biology program begins with a two-semester course sequence in General Biology followed by second year courses that include Introduction to Genetics and Foundations of Evolution. During the third and fourth years students may select courses from the following clusters; cellular and molecular biology, ecology and organismal diversity, and organismal biology.
Electives in discipline specific areas are also available (microbiology, developmental biology, physiology, histology).
Students also have opportunities to take advanced seminar and research-oriented courses such as Advanced Ecology, Experimental Embryology, Neurophysiology, and Molecular Genetics.
May term electives include Tropical Ecology, Herpetology, Ornithology, Experimental Embryology,and Medical Externship.
The biology program is complemented with foundational classes in math, chemistry, and physics.
A minimum of eight courses and a completion of ePortfolio to include the following:
General Biology - BIOL 101
General Biology - BIOL 102
SEED (ePortfolio) - BIOL 390
Introduction to Genetics - BIOL 212
Foundations of Evolution - BIOL 216
SEED (ePortfolio)- Biology 390
Third and Fourth year
One course in Ecology or Diversity selected from:
BIOL 306, 317, 319, 320, 327, 318, 320, 328, 350
One course in Cellular or Molecular Biology selected from:
BIOL 314, 325, 330, 340, 407, 410, 412
One course in Organismal Biology selected from:
BIOL 307, 310, 311, 313, 315, 319
One additional biology course at the 300 or 400 level
One courses must have a research emphasis and be selected from:
BIOL 307, 309, 311, 314, 317, 325, 327, 328, 340, 345, 411, 412
Biology 390: (ePortfolio) each fall semester
Although not required for the biology major, in preparation for many careers in biology students are expected to take:
* all students must earn a "C-" or better in General Biology 102 in order to take courses requiring 102 as a prerequisite
Biology majors and minors who desire secondary teaching certificates and/ or middle school and subject area endorsements must apply to the Teacher Education program as early as possible in their academic career. Refer to the Educational Studies curriculum description in the IWU Catalog for further information.
Six courses in biology to include:
*All students must earn a “C-“ or better in General Biology 102 in order to take courses requiring 102 as a prerequisite.
This is an example course plan based on the 2019-2020 University Catalog; your actual schedule may deviate from this example. Your faculty advisor will work with you to select appropriate courses.
As an IWU student, it is your responsibility to track your progress each semester towards completing graduation requirements using the MyIWU degree evaluation tool.
Students planning to double major in Biology and Secondary Education should follow the Biology/Secondary Education Course Plan.
Students planning to teach biology at the secondary level should plan to complete EDUC 225 and 255 their sophomore year.
AP credit does not substitute for the general biology courses and students will not receive credit toward the major requirements, although a score of 4 or 5 will be counted as an elective course towards Graduation requirements.
Any students pursuing a minor in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Psychology, or Neuroscience may not count a course towards both a major and a minor requirement. See the IWU Catalog for more information.